Refinery Re*fin"er*y (-?), n.; pl. {Refineries} (-?z). [Cf. F. raffinerie.] 1. The building and apparatus for refining or purifying, esp. metals and sugar. [1913 Webster]

2. A furnace in which cast iron is refined by the action of a blast on the molten metal. [1913 Webster]

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